The article below from Fria Tider is interesting for several reasons. First of all, it makes overt what had hitherto been tacit: the Swedish government does not think ordinary citizens are capable of handling the free flow of information. What Swedes read, listen to, and watch must be selected, managed, and filtered by gatekeepers who know better. This is all for their own good, mind you. The modern world is just too complex and confusing for Sven and Ingrid to make sense of.
The second important nugget in this report is the acknowledgement that “Journalists and left-wing groupings such as AFA have long had access to massive databases that store sensitive data about private individuals’ government contacts.” This is something that we all knew — EXPO and other left-wing extremist groups have been doxxing individuals since long before doxxing was fashionable. A leftist site publishes the home address of a member of the Sweden Democrats — gleaned from government databases — and then the antifas drop by to throw a brick through the unfortunate fellow’s front window or drop a smoke bomb (or worse) through his letterbox.
Now the government wants to make sure that access to public databases is limited to “professionals” — that is, to politically reliable folks who are guaranteed to toe the party line on multicultural matters. And you can bet your bippy that writers for Fria Tider and other dissident sites won’t be considered “journalists” under the new regime. Only reporters and researchers from standard MSM outlets will be so accredited — in other words, people who are known to be leftist, multiculturalist, and pro-immigrant.
Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this report:
The government wants to prohibit Swedes from using online searches of criminal convictions and the ethnicity of criminals
December 4, 2017
The government is now proposing a bill that includes prohibiting private individuals from using search services where the public can correlate such things as crime and ethnic origin. It concerns sites such as Lexbase.
“The right to read these public documents easily via Lexbase will, if the proposal is adopted, be reserved for professional entities, such as lawyers, journalists and companies,” Lexbase writes in a statement on Monday.
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Journalists and left-wing groupings such as AFA have long had access to massive databases that store sensitive data about private individuals’ government contacts.
But when the Lexbase site was launched in 2014, and allowed ordinary individuals to do the same kind of searches, a media storm broke out after which the politicians began to investigate the issue.
The bill now presented by the government means, among other things, that search services containing personal data with an “integrity-sensitive character” should be prohibited — from public use.
It’s about sites on the internet that deal with information such as political opinions, religion, skin color, health, sexual orientation or criminal convictions, writes TT.
The site mentioned above is just Lexbase, which makes (criminal court) judgments searchable online. Lexbase has a certificate of issue and is therefore protected by the foundations at present. But the government wants to change the foundation protection.
However, journalists will not be affected by the new law.
“Journalists’ activities should not be affected by any ban,” said Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson (S), according to TT.
How to judge which searches are journalistic and which are not will become a “question of implementation”, he explains.
The bill thus does not mean a total ban on Lexbase, except for limiting the service to so-called professional users.
“Lexbase will be able to continue to publish online judgments. However, the proposal means that the public, i.e., an ordinary person, is prohibited from using sites such as Lexbase. The right to easily access Lexbase will, if the proposal is enacted, be reserved for professional entities, such as lawyers, journalists and various companies,” writes Lexbase in a statement on Monday.